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Why Google is showing other languages of my page?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by johnjohn85, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. johnjohn85

    johnjohn85 Newbie

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    If my computer has a United States IP and I search for my brand name, why is Google showing (in the first results) the homepage in English but some pages in other languages, in the same #1 result, below the homepage?

    If I add "hreflang" tag, it'll be fixed?

    Thank you!
     
  2. validseo

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    Geo-location of IP is only one signal and a pretty minor one. Could be a number of things... if you bought or downloaded a template then there might be encodings, lang attributes, or other geo-coding/language signals baked into the temple.

    Could also be content like a displayed address or phone number is triggering a local context.

    If you acquired the domain, check the wayback machine to see how it was used before you got it... it might have a ton of international citations from a past life.

    It could be keywords. Look at your search term reports and see if any language keywords appear and find and remove them from your content.

    And, yes, properly setting up your content-encodings, lang attributes, and geo-location annotations should help clean things up,but that could also move you into a local context which you might not want. Hreflang is only useful if you support multiple language versions for the same page.

    <html lang=”en-us”> and <title lang=”en-us”>

    <link rel=\"alternate\" href=\"http://example.com\" hreflang=\"en-us\" />
    https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077?hl=en

    Open Graph
    <meta property="business:contact_data:street_address" content="Sample Contact data: Street Address" />
    <meta property="business:contact_data:locality" content="Sample Contact data: Locality" />
    <meta property="business:contact_data:postal_code" content="Sample Contact data: Postal Code" />
    <meta property="business:contact_data:country_name" content="Sample Contact data: Country Name" />
    <meta property="place:location:latitude" content="Sample Location: Latitude" />
    <meta property="place:location:longitude" content="Sample Location: Longitude" />
    https://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/opengraph/object-type/place/

    Schema.org markup
    https://schema.org/location
    https://schema.org/Place
    https://schema.org/LocalBusiness

    So as you can see there are lots of ways to hint to google where your are located... which means there are lots of ways for it to go wrong too.
     
  3. johnjohn85

    johnjohn85 Newbie

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    My homepage has the same content in 5 different languages!
     
  4. grvvash

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    surely it is due to the fact that you are using href lang tag
     
  5. johnjohn85

    johnjohn85 Newbie

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    Dude, I'm not using hreflang tag, that's the point.